Get the message?

March 19, 2013

Back from a night out with the lads. Asleep for maybe twenty minutes when my phone goes. One new message. It’s dark. I fumble, then open the attachment. A photo of that girl I swapped numbers with before we left. She’s holding out her wrist. Oh god, is that blood?


Illustration by Mark Rathmell

Illustration by Mark Rathmell

** this week’s WordPress writing challenge asked for the story of a photograph received on a mobile phone at 2 o’clock in the morning. More details are here:


9 Responses to “Get the message?”

  1. ianhayhurst said

    Ooh! that’s good. Chilling. as is usual with the fifty it’s what your mind does with it all the questions

  2. ianhayhurst said

    P.S. just noticed it’s a comp entry too… Good luck!

    • Amanda Law said

      I secretly quite enjoyed this one, even though it’s not really my usual style. With the writing challenges it’s not so much a competition as an opportunity to be listed alongside the other bloggers who submit. I enjoy having to write to a brief sometimes too. Glad you like it.

  3. Nice teaser. Or was that the full poem? Enjoyed it either way.

    • Amanda Law said

      Many thanks, glad you enjoyed it. All of my posts are exactly fifty words, so this is the whole thing. I like the idea that the reader is left thinking about what happens next. So, over to you…

  4. a cutter, crying out for attention. but with limited information to go on, there was no time to save her life.

    • Amanda Law said

      It’s a sad story, not my usual style.

      • Your usual style or not, it was well-written, thought-provoking and yes, quite sad. But even sad has its place in entertainment.

      • Amanda Law said

        To be honest, it wasn’t about ‘cutting’, more about someone who was actually suicidal. I agree, the trend for cutting horrifies me, especially the way it has bizarrely been endorsed by a certain sector of the music industry.

        Thanks for you comments.


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